The trickle-down kookery of the Trump era

Fox News regular and American Greatness crackpot Julie Kelly took to social media Tuesday to claim that D.C. Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone, who was assaulted during the Capitol riot, is a “crisis actor,” i.e. a professional performer hired to stage a fake emergency.

Elsewhere in the world of American Greatness, one of Kelly’s colleagues, Adam Mill, suggested Monday that the kidnapping plot directed at Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer was an FBI scheme to influence the election, while another, Debra Heine, painted an episode in which a guy in a hardware store yelled at Tucker Carlson as — and this is presented in all seriousness — a CIA operation…

Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon shaman” facing charges for his role in the Capitol riot, is reportedly negotiating a plea bargain after jail psychologists diagnosed him with a whole salad of mental illnesses…

Former general Mike Flynn was presented with a semiautomatic rifle painted in a camouflage pattern at an event at the Church of Glad Tidings in Yuba, Calif. Flynn was able to accept the rifle only because the felony charges to which he pleaded guilty were erased by a presidential pardon from Donald Trump. Holding the rifle and beaming, Flynn fantasized out loud: “Maybe I’ll find somebody in Washington, D.C. . . .” The congregation cheered. Earlier in the summer, Flynn attended a QAnon convention in Dallas, where he was asked if the coup in Myanmar was something that could happen in the United States. “It should happen here,” Flynn answered.

Note: Julie Kelly isn’t a Fox News contributor. She’s appeared roughly a dozen times in the past seven months, mainly on Tucker Carlson’s show.